Why do I participate in the Christmas Bird Count? Well, the first thing is to give back. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a great way to help get accurate counts of birds and participate in a historic count. This year was the 114th edition of the event and my 2nd year participating in it. There is a lot of history to the CBC and here are some videos to help you know the long history of the CBC:
But why do I CBC? The short answer is that I can give back a little to the birds and the ornithology that powers my birding. The accurate counts have provided important windows into the world of birds. Scientists have used the data to confirm the effects and damage done to birds with climate change and habitat loss.
It is also an opportunity to give back to the birding community. Birders all over the region participate and help with the count. Its a great time to spent getting to know your local digs and the local birders. In the end, service to others, provides service to the self. Over the next few weeks, if you haven't already try to find your way onto a CBC Team! Until the next time, go out and bird!
Audubon Magazine - 11 Reasons the Christmas Bird Count Rocks
WXEdge Article by Patrick Comins